Laparoscopic Colon Surgery For Bowel Cancer Removal

Laparoscopic colon surgery is fast gaining popularity especially for people with bowel cancer in need of surgery.

Studies have shown that laparoscopic colon resection can remove cancer of the bowel as well as open surgery with comparable safety. The magnification we see with the laparoscope enables detailed dissection with precision.

To perform this surgery, some 3 to 4 small incisions are made compared to conventional surgery which needs a mid-line incision of 15 to 30 cm in length.

Once we can access your bowel, we’ll make a larger incision about 5cm in length to remove the cancer and affected part of the bowel.

Laparoscopic colon surgery takes a bit longer than conventional open surgery but as a patient, you will recover faster because your wounds are smaller, your bowel is handled less and more importantly, there’s less pain.

Like all laparoscopic surgery, you will be put under General Anaesthesia which means you will be unconscious during the surgery.

Laparoscopic colon surgery is a major operation so you are admitted one day before to the hospital for surgery preparation. Expect to say 5 to 7 days after your operation depending on your condition. If your case is complicated, you may need to stay longer.


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A Thank You is Simply Inadequate
Yes, I did not forget to thank Mr. Khoo Saye Thiam who effectively removed the cancerous colon bothering me. Yes, I repeated that each time I bumped into him subsequent to my operation. Mr. Khoo is a surgeon who listens and understands his patients well. He has done all he could to put away the first huge problematical part of my medical journey to provide me with the necessary foundation and confidence to engage with my other medical challenges.
Dr. P. S. Yeoh